Philadelphia Eagles sloppy, but get big win

Philadelphia Eagles sloppy, but get big win

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.
 It’s not a good year to be a Redskins QB: Two weeks after losing Alex Smith to a broken fibula and tibia, the Washington Redskins lost Colt McCoy for the remainder of the season to a fractured right fibula. McCoy suffered the injury early in the second quarter and made way for Mark Sanchez, who signed with the team just two weeks ago. Sanchez, who hadn’t played a down of football since Jan. 1, 2017, had a pretty feeble Redskins debut (13-for-21 for 100 yards and an interception and a 53.7 quarterback rating). And just like that, Washington’s postseason hopes appear to have shattered. The likelihood of them legitimately competing in the final four weeks of the season aren’t very good. They’ll bring in other quarterbacks this week (two weeks ago, in addition to Sanchez, they worked out EJ Manuel and T.J. Yates), but whoever they sign will be behind Sanchez in knowledge of the offense and isn’t likely of difference-making caliber. As if it was unclear prior to Monday night, Washington’s top offseason priority is to find a quarterback, or quarterbacks. They’ll likely have to both draft and sign a free-agent quarterback.


Eagles 28, Redskins 13

The good news is the Eagles have an actual winning streak to their name.
The bad news is, they don’t get to face Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez every week.
But there were a lot of positives in the Eagles’ 28-13 win over the Redskins at the Linc Monday night, so let’s get right to it in tonight’s Roob’s 10 Instant Eagles Observations.
1. Nothing has come easy for these 2018 Eagles, but somehow, they’ve battled their way back to 6-6 with their first two-game winning streak of the season, and that means meaningful football in North Texas on Sunday afternoon. Considering where the Eagles were two weeks ago, coming out of New Orleans humiliated and two games under .500, that’s something. Now, let’s see what you’re made of. Go down to Dallas and beat the Cowboys and then we can start thinking playoffs. I give Doug Pederson credit for keeping the thing together when things were at their bleakest. This isn’t a great football team right now, but it does seem to be a resilient one, and that’s almost as important.
2. Allowing a 90-yard touchdown is about as embarrassing as it gets for a defense, and it’s a real test for a unit. How will they respond? And I liked what I saw. Granted, the Redskins were down to their third quarterback, Sanchez, a former Eagle, but the Eagles limited the Redskins to 69 yards and three points on seven drives after the 90-yard run, and that showed me something. This is a defensive unit that’s still trying to find itself, and they answered that embarrassing play with some pretty solid football. And Adrian Peterson? After the 90-yard? He ran five times for three yards and never did reach 100 yards. Good stuff.
3. The interception on 1st-and-goal from the Redskins’ 5-yard line was inexcusable — that’s a pass Carson Wentz can’t throw — but overall, I thought he looked more spry than he has all year. He made more plays on the run than he has since he came back, and that’s really encouraging. And he was sharp on third down. He did miss a few open guys in the mid-range game, but for a guy who tore up his knee a year ago tomorrow, I’ll definitely take this performance: 27 for 39, 306 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.
4. I loved the way Wentz spread the ball around. Zach Ertz did his usual thing (9 for 83) but Golden Tate (7 for 85) also was huge and Nelson Agholor (4 for 56), Corey Clement (3 for 47) and Jordan Matthews (touchdown catch) were all also involved. This offense only functions when the ball is spread around like that, and for much of the season, it hasn’t been.
5. Jason Kelce’s work on that Darren Sproles touchdown run was as impressive as anything you’ll see from a center. Kelce got out in front of the play and engaged Redskins linebacker Mason Foster at the 14-yard line and simply held him at bay with his right hand all the way down the field while Sproles ran outside him along the sideline into the end zone. Kelce also managed to wipe out Ha Ha Clinton-Dix near the goal line. Incredible play. You saw Kelce’s athleticism and his power on that play, and it got the Eagles a touchdown.
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